EVAL(P) POSIX Programmer s Manual EVAL(P)
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NAME eval - construct command by concatenating arguments
SYNOPSIS eval [argument ...]
DESCRIPTION The eval utility shall construct a command by concatenating arguments together, separating each with a <space>. The constructed command shall be read and executed by the shell.
OPERANDS See the DESCRIPTION.
STDIN Not used.
INPUT FILES None.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES None.
ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS Default.
STDOUT Not used.
STDERR The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
OUTPUT FILES None.
EXTENDED DESCRIPTION None.
EXIT STATUS If there are no arguments, or only null arguments, eval shall return a zero exit status; otherwise, it shall return the exit status of the command defined by the string of concatenated arguments separated by <space>s.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS Default.
The following sections are informative.
APPLICATION USAGE None.
EXAMPLES foo=10 x=foo y$x echo $y $fooeval y$x echo $y 10
FUTURE DIRECTIONS None.
SEE ALSO Special Built-In Utilities
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